That is very simplified. As I said before, the government, and this is quite standard, negotiates an economy of scale. That’s different than “this is what I will pay.”
Not in practice. Services rendered are ultimately limited by funding. And that applies to all parts of the health care supply chain. If the funding for a service is less than the cost of the service + reasonable profit, the service is either provided at a substandard level, or is not provided at all. That’s why you get Canadians coming across the border for treatments which their provincial system has not deemed critical, and why everyone of means in the U.K. still has private insurance, for when the NHS doesn’t pick up the tab.
And most other nations have lower costs and better delivery such that I have a friend, who does as many others do: medical tourism. For the same as a vacation in Paris, he can get his teeth done in America, or he can take that vacation to Paris, and get his teeth done there for much cheaper. That’s what he does.
Exactly. I have two dental implants I got in Istanbul. The savings paid for two week in Europe.
I think the most expensive thing in the world is the military, with much more exorbitant and unstable prices, but no one suggests we have it run by anyone but the government. For the record, the health system in Britain is unpopular, but no one there suggests that they need a system like the US.
Point is that there are certain services which are impossible to render by the private market. Health care isn’t one of them. It may be more expeditious for it to be rendered by the private market, but it’s not impossible for it to be rendered thusly.